What is the issue?
In 2018 the Qld Labor Government rushed through vegetation management legislation and is set to do the same in April 2019 in respect of the Great Barrier Reef – vilifying farmers and graziers.
- farmers and graziers are being vilified
- the Australian agricultural industry is taking the blame and accounting for all of Australia’s emissions – yet the carbon sink skilfully managed by farmers and graziers Australia wide is not counted to off-set agricultural emissions (as it is in the USA and other countries)
- legislation being forced on Australian farmers and graziers is burdensome and hindering the long term production of food and fibre
Why has the Government proposed these changes?
What do we want?
We want certain and long term legislative and regulatory frameworks that deliver good environmental and agricultural outcomes based on proven science – allowing production of Australian food and fibre on land allocated for agricultural purposes.
Did you know?
- Land is developed for cities, towns, infrastructure, industry and farming. Only 13% of Queensland has ever been developed
- 87% of Queensland remains undeveloped.
- There is 1 farmer for every 277 people in Qld
- Qld ag supports over 300 000 jobs.
- The State Government’s 2016 data shows that tree coverage in Qld has increased by almost twice the size of the ACT in just three years.
- Qld is 173 million hectares in total – In 2015/2016 vegetation was managed on just 0.23% of Qld’s area – less than 1/4 of 1%, the vast majority being regrowth.
- There are over 14 million hectares of national park and nominated conservation areas in Qld – the area protected increased by 3 million hectares in 2011-2015 and now covers 8% of Qld.
- Every year we are losing farmland, to urban encroachment, to conservation, to offsets, to mining and renewable energy, to infrastructure and industry
- Vegetation legislation in Qld has had 18 changes since 1999
- The proposed legislation places blame squarely on agriculture
- Cattle grazing, cropping and horticulture are set to become an Environmentally Regulated Activity (ERA)
- Farmers and graziers across 42 million hectares are being affected
- The legislation is based on modelling, not science, and will not achieve desired results. Alternative frameworks would produce better environmental and agricultural outcomes.